Rediscovering some good tunes. And some less so.

New bands on radar, latest tracks being uploaded on myspace, a pile of cds, mp3 player on shuffle, the radio on…music fans hear such a variety of songs (and know that so much more is out there waiting to be heard) that it’s a wonder we ever give anything a second listen. Michael Baker decidedContinue reading “Rediscovering some good tunes. And some less so.”

Malachai – Ugly Side of Love

‘Ugly Side of Love’, this latest offering from the Bristol duo, made to the recipe of the handful of highlights of musical history, lashings of creativity, and a healthy heap of self indulgence , all mixed with vivid imagination is tearing the seams with individuality and excitement. A textured tapestry, this is both uplifting andContinue reading “Malachai – Ugly Side of Love”

Ezra Bang & Hot Machine – What U Can't Kill U Must Envy

And bang. The energy hits you and doesn’t abate throughout the whole record. Rap rock that bears no relationship to Limp Bizkit, the slinky beats of Ezra Bang and Hot Machine slink through the album into your hips, and have them shaking. The sonic narrative is flooded with anguish and rapture, and achieves mesmerising tunesContinue reading “Ezra Bang & Hot Machine – What U Can't Kill U Must Envy”

Crystal Stilts – Alight At Night

For a band apparently so obsessed with light (the tracklisting for Crystal Stilts’ deut album ‘Alight of Night’ includes the words dazzled, crystal, prismatic, shine, gaze and bright), Crystal Stilts are a pretty dark bunch. Opener ‘The Dazzled’ starts with a promising riff and has a pulsing if predictable chord sequence. Singer Brad Hargett soundsContinue reading “Crystal Stilts – Alight At Night”

Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat

Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat 28 Feb 2009 If you haven’t heard of Little Boots, please crawl back under the rock you came from. For the rest of you wondering if The Times, BBC, Guardian et al are right in hailing the Blackpool singer as the Next Big Thing. Little Boots is likely to beContinue reading “Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat”